Elbit's Ares wins $100m Brazilian Army contract for REMAX RCWS


Elbit Systems' Brazilian Subsidiary, Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa, has received a contract to supply remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS) to the Brazilian Army.

Valued at around $100m, the contract requires the company to supply the 12.7mm / 7.62mm RCWS, REMAX, over a period of five years.

Ares' REMAX systems have been specifically designed to meet army requirements under the VBTP programme.

These systems have been successfully tested and fielded in Brazilian Army Guarani 6X6 vehicles, according to the company.

Elbit Systems president and CEO Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis said: "Brazil is a very important market for Elbit Systems and we are pleased to be awarded a follow-on contract for the supply of REMAX to the Brazilian Army, attesting to the customer's satisfaction from the previous award.

"We have witnessed a growing demand for RCWS all over the world and we trust that further customers will follow and acquire our advanced and mature weapon stations."

“We have witnessed a growing demand for RCWS all over the world and we trust that further customers will follow and acquire our advanced and mature weapon stations.”

Designed for use in armoured troop transport vehicles, REMAX is said to be a stabilised weapon station for 12.7mm / 7.62 mm machine guns.

The system will be installed on the Brazilian Army's 6X6 and 4x4 reconnaissance vehicles, Ares said in a statement.

The company received an initial production order worth around $7.5m under the contract.